The 25 best Nintendo Switch games you can buy right now

Nintendo’s wicked little hybrid console is already flying. Despite the fact the Nintendo Switch is just coming up on its first birthday, it’s already gotten to the point where narrowing down our picks for the 25 best Switch games is proving very tricky indeed. Along with the big names like Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, there are other stellar games like the RTS Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle or platformer Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition too. Oh, and did we mention that there are a ton of Nindies (Nintendo's indie games) around at bargain prices if you want to save some cash? 

We're not quite sure how the Nintendo Switch has managed it, but we're not even getting started with all the games that the console has on offer. Overwhelming much? To help you decide what to buy for your brand spankin' new console, we've listed the best titles available on the switch in ascending order from 25 to the hallowed number one spot. Oh, plus if even Bowser can't hold back your excitement for Nintendo's newest console, you'll want to take a look at our upcoming Nintendo Switch games to see just what's on the horizon.

25. Night in the Woods

Genre: Adventure
Price: $19.99 / £17.09  

What is it? A Nintendo Switch port of one of the best indie hits of 2017

Why should you buy it? If you haven't played Night in the Woods yet, the fact it's now on Switch means you literally have no excuse now. It's high on the list of best indie games of 2017, and although it might look like a cutesy adventure of cats, foxes and crocodiles in a colourful world, it's actually far darker than that. The story flows with sub-currents of mental health issues, concerns about identity and failure, death, mourning, love and all kinds of growing up pains, and it's all utterly brilliant. You play as Mae, as she works out how to come home after dropping out of college to a town that's not quite the same anymore, and is full of her past - both good and bad. Rhythm action, platforming and other gameplay tropes are all roped into telling Mae's story, and thanks to the fact it comes free with the Weird Autumn DLC, the Switch port is the best way to experience her journey. Just be prepared, the scariest monster in the dark woods is you.

24. Thumper

Genre: Rhythm action
Price: $19.99 / £15.99

What is it? Self described as a 'rhythm violence' game, Thumper sees you hurtling down a track as a giant bug perfectly hammering buttons to the beat.

Why should you buy it? Thumper might initially remind you of something a little gentler like Audiosurf as you glide down slick, stylised pathways with electronica in your ears but don't be deceived, this aural extravaganza requires a calm head and pitch perfect twitch reflexes. Initially your giant bug just requires a tap of A as you go over a light panel or perhaps holding a button as you crash around corners but before long you're tapping, flying, crashing down onto the track and causing tidal waves to destroy enormous floating heads... and that's only the beginning. Utterly unforgiving with a soundtrack that you can't pump into you head loud enough, Thumper is a treat for the senses and potentially RSI inducing for your thumbs. 

23. Ittle Dew 2

Ittle Dew 2

Genre: RPG
Price: $29.99 / £26.99

What is it? An adorable Zelda-like that's begging to be played.

Why should you buy it? If you’re looking for something to play after Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you need to consider Ittle Dew 2. It follows the same gameplay format as old school Zelda titles, with a series of dungeons to conquer, puzzles to solve and people to help. But it’s got a beautifully cartoonish art style that makes colours pop from your Switch’s screen. And what’s more, the characters all talk and have brilliantly witty personalities that will have you chuckling all the way to the castle. 

22. Perception

Perception

Genre: Horror
Price: $14.99 / £12.99

What is it? A horror game that's all about sensuality - but not quite what you think.

Why should you buy it? It’s not often that you have a blind protagonist in a game, but that’s exactly what Perception has done. You play as a young girl called Cassie, who’s trying to explain her nightmares by exploring a rather sinister mansion using echolocation and a useful text-to-speech app. As you solve the mansion’s various mysteries, it transforms and presents even more to uncover. Its narrative constantly keeps you feeling tense as you play, and despite the fact your playable character is blind, the experience is very visual. Put on some headphones and immerse yourself in this excellent psychological thriller ASAP. 

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